Sunday, February 15, 2009

V-Day

The hubby and I don't like to make too much out of Valentine's Day. Because, really, who wants to give the corporations power over when to show we love each other? Of course, it's still nice to do a little something special, like making sure we spend the day together, which we did.

We visited the Cartoon Art Museum to see the Coraline exhibit - art, puppets, maquettes, and pieces that went into the making of the film. (I've been working on a review of the film, but the more I think about it, the more I get out of it, so I haven't finished that yet. In the meantime, if you haven't seen it yet, go - whether in 3D or not, it's wonderful.) I loved seeing the puppets and maquettes especially, although it was tough to resist wanting to pull them out of the cases and play with them. Maybe it's because I'm studying animation, but I think more so, the characters are just so endearing and appealing. I was suprised at how tiny some of the pieces were (like the cat's jaw is tiny!!), and it was really amazing to see how many pieces go into sculpting all the facial expressions - I take doing those things on the computer so for granted!

Andrew lucked out in that there was a sneak peek of their Watchmen exhibit as well, which was really cool to look at - costumes, art, and gadgets and tidbits from the film. I'm excited to see how the movie turns out!

Afterwards, we stopped by a nice Thai restaurant for late lunch/early dinner. It's always nice to spend the day together, and we're better at spontaneous nice dinners than planned ones! We headed home for some Rock Band and hanging out at home, but for dessert (the one thing I had planned), I made a crazy mix of brownie and chocolate chip cookie batter in a heart-shaped pan. It's the first time I've made this "recipe" (since it's really just pre-packaged mixes, I can't take credit for much - usually I make Ghirardelli chocolate chip pan cookies from scratch), but the heart-shaped pan has been tradition in my family for years now.

I think back to my dad, and how he had a tough job, being the only male amongst 5 women. But he used to always have See's candy boxes sitting at our places at dinner on Valentine's Day - little ones for us girls, and a big one for my mom. And we'd exchange cards and we'd bake the heart-shaped brownies, pan cookies, etc., decorating them and giving him the large one, and the little ones were for us girls. If you hadn't noticed, my family was huge on tradition, and that was one we always looked forward to - how exciting to have your very own box of chocolates, and just to know you were loved.

My sister sent me a really cute Valentine's Day card that reminded me of all that. She painted her two cats on the front (she's got a black male too, named Steve, and a calico named Maggie). Then she put her sweet brindle pit bull, Gertie, on the back. It was just a sweet, unexpected gesture that made me smile, and reminded me that it really is the thought that counts.

Hope you all had a great weekend, whether you were with a loved one, or just showing yourself some extra love!

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